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The grand mezze

90 min visit

19 May → 31 Dec 2021
From Wednesday to Monday, from 10 am to 7 pm (8 pm until October). Closed Tuesday

« The Galerie de la Méditerranée, the Mucem's permanent exhibition space, has a new display that will awaken your taste buds! »

The title of the exhibition correlates perfectly with the name of the gallery in which it is presented. It refers to Mediterranean food and the whole culture that goes with it. In Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Armenia, Iran and elsewhere, mezze is a meal consisting of several dishes served together. This type of diet has been recognised as one of the healthiest for the human body. It is also a concept that was widely developed in the 1960s, with the American epidemiologist Ancel Keys, thanks to whom the "Cretan diet" was inscribed on the UNESCO list in 2010. Since then, it has been globalised. And as with all globalisation, the question of cultural and historical reappropriation arises: how to preserve its authenticity while sharing it with as many people as possible? From traditional plates to those of global restaurant chains, discover the culinary history of the Mediterranean through this unique exhibition. Heritage objects and documents, visual and auditory projections come straight from 35 museums in Europe. Six works by contemporary artists have been specially designed for the occasion: Michel Blazy, Nicolas Boulard, Christine Coulange - Sisygambis, Laurent Derobert, Laurent Fiévet and Gerald de Viviès are also part of the journey. You can also listen to a 30-minute podcast that accompanies your visit and transports you into the Mediterranean atmosphere!


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